User Manual & RecipeBook Notice d'emploi et recettes

User Manual & RecipeBook Notice d'emploi et recettes
User Manual & RecipeBook
Notice d’emploi et recettes
for V4880 series appliances
pour appareils de la série V4880
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Important Safeguards
For your own safety, always follow these basic precautions when using a
FoodSaver® appliance:
1. Read the User Manual carefully for operating instructions.
Read all instructions in this manual before use.
2. Do not use appliance on wet or hot surfaces,
or near a heat source.
3. Caution: To protect against electric shock, do not immerse any part of appliance,
power cord or plug in water or other liquid. Unplug from outlet when not in use
and before cleaning.
4. To disconnect, unplug power cord from electrical outlet.
Do not disconnect by pulling on cord.
5. Do not operate appliance with a damaged power cord or plug.
Do not operate appliance if it malfunctions or is in any way damaged.
For details, contact Consumer Services at number listed below.
6. Use appliance only for its intended use.
7. Closely supervise children when using any electrical appliance.
Do not allow appliance to be used as a toy.
8. Do not place on or near a hot gas or electric burner, or heated oven.
Extreme caution must be used when moving products containing hot liquids.
9. Wait 20 seconds between seals to allow appliance to cool.
10. Caution: Place cord where the cord cannot be pulled, cause user to be entangled
with the cord, or cause the product to be overturned.
For Household Use Only
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Important Safeguards ............................................................................................................ 2
Welcome to FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System .................................................................... 4
Features of Your FoodSaver® Appliance ................................................................................. 4
How to Make a Bag from a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Roll .................................................8
How to Vacuum Seal with FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Bags ................................................. 9
Removing Air from a Bag ..................................................................................................... 10
Using FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Accessories ................................................................... 10
Using PulseVac™ Control Feature.........................................................................................11
Emptying Drip Tray .................................................................................................................... 11
Marinating with your FoodSaver® Appliance ........................................................................ 12
Care and Cleaning ................................................................................................................13
Trouble-Shooting................................................................................................................. 14
Guidelines for Vacuum Packaging.........................................................................................15
Storage Guide - Meat, Cheese, Vegetables, Fruits .................................................................17
Storage Guide - Baked Goods, Coffee, Snacks and Liquids .................................................. 18
Recipes for your FoodSaver® Appliance ............................................................................... 19
Warranty.............................................................................................................................. 23
WELCOME
Table of Contents
Important Tips
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Vacuum packaging is NOT a substitute for the heat
process of canning. Perishables still need
to be refrigerated or frozen.
For best results, use only with FoodSaver® Bags,
Containers and Accessories.
During the vacuum packaging process, small
amounts of liquids, crumbs or food particles can
be inadvertently pulled into the Vacuum Channel.
Empty the Drip Tray after each use.
Avoid overfilling, always leave at least 4 inches
(10.16 centimeters) of bag material between bag
contents and top of bag. This allows room for the
bag material to cinch tightly against the food and
prevents the bag from pulling out of the vacuum
channel during the sealing process. Then leave at
least one additional inch of bag material for each
time you plan to reuse bag.
Do not create your own side seams for a
FoodSaver® Bag. These bags are manufactured
with a special side seam, which is sealed all the
way to the outer edge.
To prevent wrinkles in the seal when vacuum
packaging bulky items, gently stretch bag flat while
inserting bag into vacuum channel and continue to
hold bag until vacuum pump starts.
7.
When you are vacuum packaging items with sharp
edges (dry spaghetti, silverware, etc.), protect bag
from punctures by wrapping item in soft cushioning
material, such as a paper towel. You may want to
use a canister or Mason jar instead of a bag.
8. When using accessories, remember to leave one
inch of space at top of canister or container.
9. Pre-freeze fruits and blanch vegetables before
vacuum packaging for best results. See “Guidelines
for Vacuum Packaging” section.
10. 120v Appliances Only: The FoodSaver® appliance
has a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the
other). To reduce risk of electrical shock, this plug is
intended to fit in a polarized outlet only one way. If
plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse plug. If it
still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician. Do
not modify plug in any way.
11. Caution: A short power cord is provided to
reduce risks from entanglement or tripping over
a longer cord. An extension cord may be used
when marked electrical rating is no less than
electrical rating of this appliance. All cords should
not drape over counter or tabletop where cords
can be tripped over or pulled on unintentionally,
especially by children.
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FEATURES
Welcome to FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System
Congratulations…
You are about to enjoy the freshness benefits of
FoodSaver®, The #1 Selling Brand of Vacuum
Sealing Systems. For years, the FoodSaver®
Vacuum Sealing System has helped millions
of households keep food fresh longer in the
refrigerator, freezer and pantry. The FoodSaver®
system is designed to remove air and extend
freshness up to five times longer than conventional
storage methods. Keep your FoodSaver® appliance
on your countertop, and you’ll soon discover
its convenience and versatility.
Questions?
Contact customer service at
1-877-804-5383
or visit www.foodsaver.ca.
Do not return this product to place of purchase.
Features of Your FoodSaver® Appliance
A. Controls and Indicator Lights
Indicate current setting and vacuum
progress for added control.
D. Seal Button
CrushFree™ Instant Seal feature.
Stops vacuum cycle and seals to
prevent crushing delicate items.
E. Vacuum Progress Display
Green lights signal progression of
vacuuming and sealing process.
All lights extinguish when the full
process is finished.
F. Tray Full Indicator
Indicates when drip tray is full.
Empty to resume usage of
appliance.
B. Retractable
Handheld Sealer
Can be used with all
FoodSaver® Brand
Accessories including
FreshSaver® Zipper Bags.
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C. PulseVac™
Control Feature
Manually control
vacuum process for
delicate items.
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G. Vacuum Channel
Simply insert bag and
the FoodSaver® appliance
does the rest.
H. Power Cord Storage
At bottom of unit.
J. Built-in Roll Holder
For storage of FoodSaver®
Vacuum Sealing Rolls.
FEATURES
I. Appliance Door
Opens to access Built-in
Roll Holder and Cutter.
K. Roll Cutter Bar
Simplifies making
custom-sized bags.
L. Bag Cutter
M. Auto Bag Sensing
Simply insert open end of bag
into the vacuum channel and the
machine will sense and grasp the
bag, vacuum, seal and shut-off
automatically.
N. Extra-wide Sealing Strip
with Non-stick Coating
Provides extra secure, air-tight
seal that’s two times wider.
O. Lower Gasket
(non-removable)
P. Removable Drip Tray
Catches overflow liquids
and contains Food Sensors
to detect liquid.
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FEATURES
Control Panel of Your FoodSaver® Appliance
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Retractable
Handheld Sealer
Indicator
LEDs
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Accessory
Mode
Marinate
Mode
1
2
PulseVac™
Control Feature
3
Tray Full
Indicator
4
Vacuum
Progress Seal Indicator
Light
Display
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6
Cancel
Button
Adjustable
Food Settings
Seal
Button
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1
ACCESSORY MODE BUTTON
Press to achieve best vacuum for canisters and accessories.
Push Accessory Mode Button 1 to begin vacuum process.
Motor will run until Vacuum Sealing Process is complete.
2
MARINATE MODE BUTTON
A ten minute predetermined sequence of vacuum pulse to rest ratio
allowing foods to get optimum flavor infusion in the least amount of time.
(See “Marinating with your FoodSaver® Appliance” section on page 13.)
3
PulseVac™ CONTROL BUTTON
(*not available on all models)
Use to manually control the vacuum process and avoid crushing delicate items.
See “Using PulseVac™ Control Feature” section on page 12 for further information.
4
TRAY FULL INDICATOR LIGHT
During the vacuum sealing process, small amounts of liquids, crumbs
or food particles can be inadvertently pulled into the Drip Tray (P). When
excess liquid fills the Drip Tray, the unit will turn off and the Tray Full Indicator 4
will activate. To resume normal operation, remove the Drip Tray, empty liquid,
wash in warm soapy water or place in top rack of dishwasher. Dry completely
and place Drip Tray back into appliance. (See “Care and Cleaning” on page 14.)
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VACUUM PROGRESS DISPLAY
Displays vacuum levels as the bag or canister is evacuated.
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SEAL INDICATOR LIGHT
Constant Red light indicates sealing process is engaged.
(Flashing light indicates error. See “Trouble-Shooting” Section on page 15 for more information.)
7
CANCEL BUTTON
Immediately halts the current function and opens the Vacuum Channel.
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Power
Button
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ADJUSTABLE FOOD SETTINGS BUTTON
For optimal vacuuming and sealing of moist or juicy foods, press the
Adjustable Food Settings Button 8 until the Moist Indicator Light is illuminated.
Choose the dry food setting for foods without liquid. The Moist Food Indicator light
will flash when Food Sealing Sensors automatically detect any moisture or liquid
in the drip tray (P).
FEATURES
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Note: Appliance will default to Dry setting upon pressing the Power Button or
when power has been interrupted, unless liquid is detected in the Drip Tray.
(See “Care and Cleaning” section of this User Manual on page 14.)
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SEAL BUTTON
This button has four uses:
1. CrushFree™ Instant Seal featurePress to immediately stop the vacuum process and begin sealing the bag.
This prevents crushing delicate items such as bread, cookies and pastries.
2. Press to create a seal when making bags from a FoodSaver® Roll.
3. Press to create a seal on mylar type bags (such as a potato chip bag) to keep food sealed air-tight.
4. Press during PulseVac™ mode to seal bag.
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POWER BUTTON
Press the power button to begin. The Power Indicator and Food Indicator lights
will become illuminated. After Vacuum Sealing, press Power Button to turn appliance Off.
Note: After 12 minutes of non-use, the appliance will turn Off automatically.
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RETRACTABLE HANDHELD SEALER
1. Accessory Button
2. Marinate Button
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How to Make a Bag from a
FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Roll
1. Open appliance door (I) and place roll into Roll Holder
(Fig. 1). For best results, insert roll with material flap down.
I
Fig. 1
HOW TO
2. Lift up Roll Cutter Bar (K) and place bag material
beneath the cutter bar (Fig. 2).
3. Pull out enough bag material to hold item being
vacuum sealed, plus 4 inches (10.16 centimeters).
Lower the Roll Cutter Bar and slide Bag Cutter (L)
across the Cutter Bar (Fig. 3).
K
Fig. 2
4. Press Seal Button (D). Red Seal Indicator Light 6
will illuminate (Fig. 4).
5. Using two hands, slowly insert open end of bag,
curl down, into Vacuum Channel (G) until
clamp motor starts.
L
Fig. 3
6. When red Seal Indicator Light 6 turns off,
sealing is complete. You may remove bag from
the Vacuum Channel (G).
7. You now have one sealed end (Fig. 5).
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Curl Downward
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8. Now you are ready to vacuum seal with your new bag
(see next page).
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4. Your new FoodSaver® System Automatically Vacuums
and Seals. To Vacuum: DO NOT PRESS THE SEAL BUTTON.
Using two hands, slowly insert open end of bag, curl down,
into Vacuum Channel (G) (Fig. 3/4).
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6. When red Seal Indicator Light 6 turns off, remove
bag (Fig. 5). Refrigerate or freeze if needed.
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5. Continue to hold bag until vacuum pump starts.
You may now release bag. The Vacuum Progress
lights 5 will illuminate.
Note: Wait at least 20 seconds between seals to
allow appliance to properly cool.
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2. Place item(s) in bag, allowing at least 4 inches (10.16cm)
of space between bag contents and top of bag (Fig. 1).
The extra space is required to allow the bag to seal tightly
around contents.
3. OPTIONAL: If you wish to customize the vacuum sealing
process you may select Food Setting 8 (Fig. 2).
Default setting is Dry Food. See page 8 for more information.
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1. Begin with a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System Bag
(or create a bag as described in the “How to Make a Bag
from a Roll” section on page 9).
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tips, instructional videos and information about
how to purchase FoodSaver® parts and accessories.
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Removing Air from a Bag
Avoid wrinkles when inserting the bag into the
Vacuum Channel (G).
HOW TO
Wrinkles in seal may cause leakage and allow
air to return into bag. To eliminate any wrinkles
while inserting bag, gently slide bag curl down
into the Vacuum Channel (G), and hold bag
with two hands gently stretching bag flat until
vacuum pump begins. If you find wrinkles after
sealing bag, simply cut bag open and vacuum
seal again.
If motor runs for more than 30 seconds without
stopping, consider the following:
If you are vacuum sealing with a bag, make sure
one end of the bag is properly sealed. (See “How
to Make a Bag From a Roll” on page 9.)
If vacuum sealing with an accessory, check
Handheld Sealer connections to ensure a tight
fit.
Using FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Accessories
FreshSaver® Zipper Bags
Canisters
1. Place food into Zipper Bag. Make sure not to put
any food under valve. Press zipper closed with
finger while bag is lying down on a flat surface.
1. Prepare canister according to FoodSaver ®
Accessory Guidelines, which are included with
accessory purchases.
2. Pull Retractable Handheld Sealer from appliance. Place end over the gray valve on bag.
2. Pull Retractable Handheld Sealer from
appliance and remove clear bottom portion
of handheld from top handle. Insert the end
into the port on accessory. Twist tab while
inserting to ensure a tight fit.
3. Push accessory button to begin vacuum
process. Motor will run until vacuum process
is complete.
Containers
1. Prepare container according to FoodSaver ®
Accessory Guidelines, which are included
with accessory purchases.
2. Pull Retractable Handheld Sealer from
appliance. Place end over gray valve on
container.
3. Push accessory button to begin vacuum
process. Motor will run until vacuum process
is complete.
Fig. 1
3. Push Accessory Button to begin vacuum
process. Motor will run until vacuum process
is complete. (To Marinate, follow instructions
found in Marinating with your FoodSaver ®
Appliance section of this Guide on page 13.)
4. When motor turns off, gently twist and remove
Handheld Sealer from accessory.
Note: if you are using a canister with large
white knob, rotate knob clockwise to the
“Closed” position, then gently twist and
remove Handheld Sealer from accessory.
5. To test vacuum, simply tug on accessory lid. It
should not move.
6. To retract Handheld Sealer, while holding
unit, gently pull on hose end to allow hose to
retract into appliance. Do not release freely as
it may damage the Handheld Sealer.
Important: When pulling hose Do Not extend
beyond red line marked on hose.
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(This special feature is not available on all
V4800 models)
Use the PulseVac™ Control feature to manually
control the vacuum process and avoid crushing
delicate items.
1. Place item(s) in bag, allowing at least 4 inches
(10.16 centimeters) of space between bag
contents and top of bag.
2. Press the PulseVac™ button 3 . PulseVac™
LED will flash to indicate PulseVac™ mode.
3. Insert open end of bag into Vacuum Channel
(G).
The clamp will close to secure the bag.
4. Push and hold the PulseVac™ Button 3 .
The vacuum pump will run when the PulseVac™
Button is held down. Release the PulseVac™
Button to stop the vacuum process. This will
allow you to adjust the contents of the bag for
better control of the vacuum sealing process.
Repeat pushing the PulseVac™ Button until
desired amount of air has been removed.
NOTE: If the vacuum pump stops engaging after
several pushes of the PulseVac™ Button,
it means the maximum vacuum has been
reached. Do not continue to push the
PulseVac™ Button.
5. Press Seal Button 9 to seal the bag and end
the PulseVac™ mode.
6. When the red Seal Indicator Light 6 turns off,
remove bag. Refrigerate or freeze if needed.
HOW TO
Using PulseVac™ Control Feature
Note: Appliance should be used in vertical
orientation and not laid on its back.
Note: Appliance will time out after a couple of
minutes if vacuum cannot be reached.
Emptying Drip Tray
This FoodSaver ® model comes with a convenient,
pull-out drawer to access the Drip Tray (P).
1. Simply slide it out, then pull up on side
handles of Drip Tray to remove.
2. Drip Tray can be emptied and washed with
warm, soapy water or in the dishwasher on
the top rack.
P
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Marinating with your FoodSaver® Appliance
Your FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System has a special
Quick Marinate Cycle which will last about ten minutes.
The FoodSaver® Quick Marinating Canister is the perfect
FoodSaver® accessory for marinating foods.
Fig. 1
During the Marinate Cycle, the vacuum pump will “hold”
the vacuum for several minutes then release the vacuum,
allowing the food to “rest” for 30 seconds. This process
then repeats. This “pulsing” action of “vacuuming and resting”
will allow for quicker more flavorful marinating.
Important Note: During the Quick Marinate Cycle, make sure
knob on lid of the Quick Marinating Canister is set to OPEN.
Do not set knob to Vacuum during the Marinate Cycle.
HOW TO MARINATE
1. Prepare enough of your favorite marinade to fully cover
food inside a marinating canister.
Always leave at least one inch (2.54 centimeters) of
space between contents and top of rim.
2. Make sure rubber gasket underneath lid as well as rim
of marinating canister is free from food materials.
Fig. 2
3. Pull out the Retractable Handheld Sealer from your
FoodSaver® appliance. Remove clear bottom portion of
handheld from top handle (Fig. 1).
4. Insert the end into the port on the canister. Make sure
knob on accessory lid is set to OPEN (Fig. 2).
5. Make sure lid is firmly attached to marinator base.
6. Press Marinate button 2 on the control panel (Fig. 3).
7. Your FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System will now begin
the Quick Marinate Cycle. The Marinate Indicator Light
will flash to indicate the marinating process has begun.
8. During the initial vacuum cycle the Marinate Mode Indicator
will illuminate. While Marinating, the Vacuum Progress
Display will blink during the Vacuum Hold or Rest Cycle.
9. To preserve food safely, after completing the marinating
cycle, the appliance will signal with short beeps to indicate
your Quick Marinate Cycle is completed. Press any button
to silence the signal. You may now cook or refrigerate your
marinated food.
Fig. 3
10. To use the Quick Marinating Canister for extended vacuum
storage (beyond the short Marinate Cycle): Rotate knob to
Vacuum/Canister position, connect the Accessory hose
(as above) and select the Accessory Mode 1 from the
control panel. When motor turns off, rotate knob clockwise
to the “Closed” position, then gently twist and remove
Retractable Handheld Sealer from accessory.
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Care and Cleaning
To Clean Appliance:
Press Power Button 10 and remove Power Cord
from electrical outlet. Do not immerse in liquid.
Push In
Tabs
Push In
Tabs
Antibacterial Drip Tray:
Empty Drip Tray after each use. Wash in warm soapy
water or place in top rack of dishwasher. The Adjustable
Food Sensors in the Drip Tray (P) will not function correctly
if liquid is allowed to remain in Drip Tray.
This appliance has a Tray Full indicator 4 . When excess
liquid fills the Drip Tray, the unit will turn off and the
Tray Full Indicator light will activate. To resume normal
operation, Slide out Drip Tray Drawer. Remove Drip Tray
for cleaning by pulling up on the two side tabs. When
replacing drip tray, set the right end of the drip tray
into place, then firmly snap both sides down. Appliance
can be used without Drip Tray, however the Adjustable
Food Sensor setting 8 will not function without the Drip Tray.
Retractable Handheld Sealer Reservoir:
Empty Reservoir after each use. Wash in warm soapy water. Air dry
before replacing.
IMPORTANT:
To remove Reservoir from Retractable Handheld Sealer: While holding
top portion by hose pull clear Reservoir down and off.
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Slide out drawer to
access Drip Tray
Remove All Food
Around Gaskets
DO NOT
REMOVE
GASKETS
CARE & CLEANING
Slide out Drip Tray Drawer (P). Remove Drip Tray
for cleaning by pulling up on the two side tabs.
Check Lower Gasket (O) around Drip Tray (P) to
make sure it is free from food materials.
Do not attempt to remove gaskets.
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Trouble-Shooting
Problem
TROUBLE-SHOOTING
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Solution
Red Seal LED Flashing
• Bag not inserted properly. Remove bag, wait for red light to stop flashing and
re-insert bag.
• Wait 20 seconds between seals.
• Unit overheated. Wait several minutes for unit to cool down.
Vacuum Pump is running,
but bag is not evacuating
• If making a bag from a roll, make sure one end of bag is sealed.
(See “How to Make a Bag from a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Roll” on page 9.)
• Slide out drip tray drawer and make sure there are no foreign objects, dirt or debris
on the bottom gasket. (See “Care and Cleaning” on page 14.)
Bag is not sealing
properly
• Too much liquid in bag; freeze before vacuuming.
• To prevent wrinkles in the seal, gently stretch bag flat while inserting bag
into vacuum channel and continue to hold bag until vacuum pump starts.
• Unit overheated. Wait several minutes for unit to cool down.
No lights on the
control panel
• Make sure unit is plugged in.
• Make sure wall outlet is functional.
• Press on/off button.
Nothing happens when
bag is inserted
• Make sure unit has power (see above tip).
• Tray Full; empty drip tray. Clean Drip Tray and place back into appliance.
(See “Care and Cleaning” page 14.)
• Too much food in bag. Avoid overfilling. Allow 4 inches (10.16cm) of space
between contents and top of bag.
• Bag not inserted correctly. Insert bag CURL DOWN. Gently stretch bag flat while
inserting. Hold bag until Vacuum Pump starts.
Tray Full LED Flashing
• Drip Tray has liquid or Drip Tray may be dirty. Empty liquid, clean Drip Tray
and place back into appliance. (See “Care and Cleaning” on page 14.)
Handheld Sealer
not sealing
• Ensure zipper is firmly closed. Slide fingers across entire zipper.
• Air valve is not on flat surface. Reposition bag so the air valve lies flat on counter with
no food under air valve.
Vacuum Nozzle and
Air Valve are not making
secure contact
• Ensure Vacuum Nozzle is centered over the gray circle and placed flat on air valve.
Apply moderate pressure
Air was removed from
the bag but now air has
re-entered.
• Examine zipper and valve of bag. Food debris in zipper or valve may cause leakage and
allow air to enter.
• Sometimes moisture or food material along seal edges of the zipper or beneath the
valve prevents bag from sealing properly. Wipe the inside of bag around zipper and
beneath valve and attempt to reseal.
• If you are vacuum packaging sharp food items, bag may have been punctured. Use a
new bag if there is a hole. Cover sharp food items with a soft cushioning material, such
as a paper towel, and reseal.
The FoodSaver®
Container will not vacuum
• Make sure rubber gasket on inside of lid is free from food materials.
• Examine rim of container for cracks or scratches. Any gaps can prevent containers from
vacuuming properly.
If you need further
assistance:
• Call Consumer Services at 1-877-804-5383.
• For additional tips and answers to frequently asked questions,
go to www.foodsaver.ca/faqs.aspx
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Vacuum Packaging and Food Safety
The vacuum packaging process extends the life of
foods by removing most of the air from the sealed
container, thereby reducing oxidation, which affects
nutritional value, flavor and overall quality. Removing
air can also inhibit growth of microorganisms, which
can cause problems under certain conditions:
Mold – Easily identified by its fuzzy characteristic.
Mold cannot grow in a low oxygen environment,
therefore vacuum packaging can slow the growth
of mold.
Yeast – Results in fermentation, which can be
identified by smell and taste. Yeast needs water,
sugar and a moderate temperature to grow. It can
also survive with or without air. Slowing the growth
of yeast requires refrigeration, while freezing stops it
completely.
Bacteria – Results in an unpleasant odor,
discoloration and/or soft or slimy texture. Under
the right conditions, anaerobic bacteria such as
Clostridium botulinum (the organism that causes
Botulism) can grow without air and sometimes cannot
be detected by smell or taste. Although it is extremely
rare, it can be very dangerous.
To preserve foods safely, it is critical that you maintain
low temperatures. You can significantly reduce the
growth of microorganisms at temperatures of 40°F
(4°C) or below. Freezing at 0°F (-17°C) does not kill
microorganisms, but stops them from growing. For
long-term storage, always freeze perishable foods that
have been vacuum packaged, and keep refrigerated
after thawing.
It is important to note that vacuum packaging is
NOT a substitute for canning and it cannot reverse
the deterioration of foods. It can only slow down the
changes in quality. It is difficult to predict how long
foods will retain their top-quality flavor, appearance
or texture because it depends on age and condition of
the food on the day it was vacuumed packaged.
IMPORTANT: Vacuum packaging is NOT a substitute
for refrigeration or freezing. Any perishable foods
that require refrigeration must still be refrigerated
or frozen after vacuum packaging.
Food Preparation and Reheating Tips
Thawing and Reheating Vacuum Packaged Foods
Always thaw foods in either refrigerator or
microwave — do not thaw perishable foods
at room temperature.
To reheat foods in a microwave in a FoodSaver®
Bag, always cut corner of the bag before placing
it on a microwave-safe dish. However, to avoid hot
spots, do not reheat bone-in meat or greasy foods
in microwave within a FoodSaver® Bag. You can also
reheat foods in FoodSaver® Bags by placing them
in water at a low simmer below 170°F (75°C).
Preparation Guidelines for Meat and Fish:
For best results, pre-freeze meat and fish for 1-2 hours
before vacuum packaging in a FoodSaver® Bag. This
helps retain the juice and shape, and guarantees a
better seal.
If it’s not possible to pre-freeze, place a folded paper
towel between meat or fish and top of bag, but below
seal area. Leave paper towel in bag to absorb excess
moisture and juices during vacuum packaging process.
Note: Beef may appear darker after vacuum packaging
due to the removal of oxygen. This is not an indication
of spoilage.
Preparation Guidelines for Hard Cheeses:
To keep cheese fresh, vacuum package it after each
use. Make your FoodSaver® Bag extra long, allowing
one inch of bag material for each time you plan to
open and reseal in addition to the 4-inch room you
normally leave between contents and seal. Simply cut
sealed edge and remove cheese. When you’re ready to
repackage the cheese, just drop it in bag and reseal.
IMPORTANT: Due to the risk of anaerobic bacteria,
Soft cheeses should never be vacuum packaged.
Preparation Guidelines for Vegetables:
Vegetables need to be blanched before vacuum packaging. This process stops the enzyme action that could
lead to loss of flavor, color and texture.
To blanch vegetables, place them in boiling water or
in the microwave until they are cooked, but still crisp.
Blanching times range from 1 to 2 minutes for leafy
greens and peas; 3 to 4 minutes for snap peas, sliced
zucchini or broccoli; 5 minutes for carrots; and 7 to 11
minutes for corn on the cob. After blanching, immerse
vegetables in cold water to stop the cooking process.
Finally, dry vegetables on a towel before vacuum
packaging.
VACUUM PACKAGING
Guidelines for Vacuum Packaging
Note: All vegetables (including broccoli, brussels
sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips)
naturally emit gases during storage. Therefore,
after blanching, they must be stored in freezer only.
When freezing vegetables, it is best to pre-freeze them
for 1-2 hours or until solidly frozen.
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For important safety information and helpful tips, please visit us at www.foodsaver.ca
to get tips on vacuum sealing and order FoodSaver® brand accessories, bags and rolls,
or call 1-877-804-5383(Canada).
Pour obtenir d’autres renseignements de sécurité importants, des conseils pratiques relatifs à
l’emballage sous vide, ainsi que pour commander des accessoires, sacs et rouleaux de marque
FoodSaverMD, visitez au www.foodsaver.ca ou bien appelez le 1 877 804-5383 au Canada.
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